Links Mar 29

The gnomes of Zurich are silent no longer Financial Times
“Past actions are catching up with some Swiss banking clients”. On links between Brazil’s Petrobras, Malaysia’s 1MDB, Fifa, and Spanish political slush fund scandals…

Swiss banks to cooperate in probe of Venezuela’s state oil and gas company, PDVSA Kallanish Energy

Switzerland Rejects Dutch Taxpayer Info Request Tax-News

Tax Justice in Luxembourg: In light of the LuxLeaks revelations, the Collectif Tax Justice Lëtzebuerg wants a “fundamental rethink” of the Grand Duchy’s economy. Delano
See also our recent blog Tax Justice Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg) launched  

Abu Dhabi Free Zone, Luxembourg To Push Financial Services Tax-News

Russia considering sanctions against UK for facilitating tax evasion through Caribbean territories Caribbean News Now

Airbnb To Big City Mayors: ‘Take Our Tax Dollars, Please!’ Forbes
“Airbnb rapidly becomes the poster child for a new form of business existentialism: I pay taxes, therefore I am.”

Walmart wins suit against Puerto Rico; tax declared invalid Daily Mail
“The judge just took away $100 million from the people of Puerto Rico and gave it to Walmart”

Ministry of Finance defends tax haven Germany with arrogance and ignorance TJN Germany Blog (In German)

List of tax paid by private companies run by Australia’s richest revealed The Sydney Morning Herald

Kenya: Banks under probe over link to ‘dirty money Daily Nation

Hong Kong watch retailer to buy Liechtenstein private bank International Adviser

Barclays sued by Syrian billionaire Wafic Saïd over blacklisting after 40 year relationship City A.M.

Let Crime Pay: EU’s Top Tax Dodgers Help Fund Splurges Out East Bloomberg

The Crazy Secretive World of Tax Havens Slate
Featuring The Heavens: a photographic exploration of tax havens 

From Israel to Colombia, who’s laundering money in China The Washington Post



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